Speaker Heastie and Assemblymember Lunsford Announce $2.5 Million for Humane Society of Greater Rochester's Lollypop Farm

Speaker Carl Heastie today continued his annual statewide tour in Fairport with Assemblymember Jen Lunsford, where they visited the Humane Society of Greater Rochester’s Lollypop Farm and announced $2.5 million in state funding to continue the expansion of the organization’s summer camp and learning center.

“For over a century, Lollypop Farm has been a cornerstone in efforts to ensure the best care for animals all across the Rochester region,” said Speaker Heastie. “I’m honored Assemblymember Lunsford invited me to tour the facility and see the impact Assembly Majority funding is having on their plans for the future.”

“There is no better community partner for our animals than Lollypop Farm,” said Assemblymember Lunsford. “I’m excited to show Speaker Heastie the incredible work they’re doing today and how funding from the Assembly Majority will ensure their efforts to continue for generations.”

The Humane Society of Greater Rochester’s Lollypop Farm has been helping animals since 1873. Today, they care for over 10,000 animals annually, across four counties, with the help of 115 staff members and hundreds of volunteers. The total $2.5 million that was announced today includes $250,000 secured during the 2023 session to allow the farm to make facility renovations to their kennels, upgrade veterinary care technology and expand their pasture space to allow for the care of more farm animals. They will also use the funding to expand their efforts in community-based animal welfare education by building a new learning center to ensure the Greater Rochester region is an animal care sanctuary.